Applying for a grant

Applying for a grant

What is NZCT’s purpose?

NZCT's main focus is to provide funds for amateur sport – around 80% of our grants are for sporting purposes. We also support other important causes, including rescue and lifesaving services, community groups, education and culture. 

We generally distribute funds to the area where they were raised. We understand many charitable and sporting organisations operate in zones that are broader than a single territorial authority area, so we think it's appropriate that funds raised within a region are distributed throughout that region.

We also fund national organisations, like Special Olympics and the Secondary Schools Sports Council, that offer benefits to the wider community.

Can my organisation apply for an NZCT grant?

If we have gaming machines generating funds in your community, then we are likely to have funds available for distribution. See if there is an NZCT venue in your area. 

All applicant organisations must be registered legal entities, i.e. registered under the Charities Act, Charitable Trust Act or Incorporated Societies Act or, in some circumstances, not‐for-profit organisations registered under the Companies Act.

What types of groups receive NZCT funding?

A minimum of 80% of NZCT’s grants are distributed to support amateur sport. The balance is distributed among a range of charitable causes in the areas of health, education, arts, culture, heritage and the environment.

Can we use a professional fundraiser?

A professional fundraiser may be used by your organisation, but they must be paid a flat fee or hourly rate which is paid irrespective of the outcome of your grant application. If you have another remuneration arrangement with your fundraiser, you must disclose this to us. You must not use any portion of grant funding received to pay a commission or success fee to the fundraiser. All (100%) of any grant you receive must be used for the purpose authorised by NZCT. 


What if there are no NZCT venues in my area?

NZCT funds are generally returned to the areas from which they were raised. If there are no NZCT gaming rooms in your local council area, it is unlikely that we will be able to support your application. A list of gaming societies that do operate in your area can be found on the Department of Internal Affairs website.

What if I need help submitting my online grant application?

If you need help submitting an online application, call the NZCT grants team on 0800 44 69 28 between 8am and 5pm on weekdays and we’ll be able to help you through the process.

How often are NZCT’s grants criteria reviewed?

The Gambling Act 2003 requires us to annually review the criteria, methods, systems and policies we use for distributing our net proceeds. 

To find out more about our criteria for specific grant purposes, visit the grants criteria page and click on the links in the left-hand navigation.